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Sperm donor must pay child support

Published 23/01/2014 | 05:02

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A man who donated his sperm to a lesbian couple has been told he must pay child support

A judge has ruled that a US man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple after responding to their online ad is the father of a child born to the women and must pay child support.

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Shawnee county district court judge Mary Mattivi wrote yesterday that because a licensed physician was not involved in the artificial insemination process, William Marotta is more than a sperm donor and thus responsible for the child.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the Kansas department for children and families filed the case in October 2012 seeking to have the Topeka man declared the father of a girl born to Jennifer Schreiner in 2009.

Mr Marotta argued that he did not intend to be the child's father and signed a contract waiving his parental rights.

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